Topic: Adjective phrase

These resources cover adjective phrases: phrases with an adjective as the Head word. Adjective phrases can have modifiers added before or after the Head (or both). For example, we can have happy, very happy, happy to be home, or very happy to be home. All of these are adjective phrases with happy as the Head word.

Identify the adjective phrase head

In each example an adjective phrase is marked in square brackets. Identify the Head word of each phrase by clicking on it.

Identify the phrase type

Identify the type of phrase (noun phrase, preposition phrase, etc.) in each of the examples.

Adjective phrases

An adjective phrase is a phrase whose Head word is an adjective. As with other phrases adjective phrases can consist of only one word (the Head) or of more than one word.

Note that the National Curriculum stipulates that phrases should have at least two words, though it concedes in the Glossary entry for noun phrases that "Some grammarians recognise one-word phrases."

Here are some examples of adjective phrases in sentences. The phrases are marked in square brackets and the Head is highlighted.


phrase consists of one or more words that belong together. It takes one of the major word class elements (noun, adjective, etc.) as its Head.


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